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LEVAR BURTON JOINS LIST OF ‘JEOPARDY!’ GUEST HOSTS AFTER 246,000 FANS SIGNED PETITION: “I AM OVERJOYED!”
Thursday, Apr 22, 2021
After fans spent months campaigning for Levar Burton to become the next host of Jeopardy!, the Grammy and Emmy-award winner’s dream job is coming true! The Reading Rainbow and Roots star will join a roster of celebs who will close out the show’s 37th season in wake of Alex Trebek’s passing.
We can finally tell you! Here is the final group of guest hosts to close out Season 37:
An “overjoyed” and “excited” LeVar shared the good news on Twitter and thanked Joshua Sanders for starting the Change.org petition that garnered over 246,000 signatures in support of Burton hosting the show.
THANK YOU… to all y’all for your passionate support! I am overjoyed, excited, and eager to be guest-hosting Jeopardy!, and will do my utmost best to live up to your faith you in me. YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE! Go ahead and take my word for it, this time. https://t.co/C7mZWMok2X
Executive Producer Mike Richards reinforced the importance of having a diverse lineup of guest hosts who will bring “individualism, energy and an authentic love” to the show, Variety reports.
“Our goal has been to present a wide variety of guest hosts with different skill sets and backgrounds on our path to finding a permanent host,” said Mike—adding that “our passionate fans are telling us what they like, and we are listening.”
Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Faber, and Joe Buck will join LeVar at the Jeopardy! hosting podium. What do you think of the lineup? Tune in to see if our Dish Nation hosts approve!